Reader reviews for A Hat Full of Sky

Very enjoyable, though not as captivating as his other Discworld books.
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I gave up sleep and food to read this book. It was just too good.
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I liked this a lot more than the first one. I hadn't been planning to read it all in one day, but I read the first hundred pages on the bus yesterday, then kept reading a chapter here and there when I got home, and finally just ignored everything else to finish it. :p I loved Miss Level, and of course Granny Weatherwax.
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Summary: Although she banished the Faerie Queen from her homelands, the Chalk, when she was just nine, eleven-year-old Tiffany Aching doesn't feel particularly magical during her daily life of tending her family's sheep and making cheese. Going to study with the witch Miss Level doesn't really help, as Miss Level's brand of magic is mostly doing other people's chores and some basic medicine. However, Tiffany's going to have to find her magic reserves deep within herself, because she's being stalked by an ancient, unkillable evil force - The Hiver - who takes over people's minds and drives them mad. At least she won't have to fight it alone, though... for the Nac Mac Feegle (six-inch-tall blue "faeries" who like nothing more than getting drunk and fighting a lot) have befriended her, and they'll stop at nothing to protect their "big wee hag."Review: I listened to The Wee Free Men almost a year ago, and while I quite enjoyed it, I didn't really feel the need to rush out and get the sequel, even once I found out it existed. And yet, as soon as I started this book, I realized how terribly much I'd missed the Feegles... and didn't let ten hours, let alone ten months, elapse before starting the next book in the series.I think the reason I liked this book so much was that it had a good balance of all of the elements that go into YA fantasy. Before I found the Tiffany Aching books, I'd only read two of Pratchett's Discworld books, and was somewhat underimpressed - it felt like they were trying too hard to be funny all the time, and that the jokes had all been made before. A Hat Full of Sky, on the other hand, is frequently laugh-out-loud funny, but it balances it with some good adventure, a not-overly-preachy coming of age story, some interesting character development, and a cracking good story. It also doesn't talk down to its readers - Tiffany's eleven in this book, so the target audience is probably not much older - with things not always working out easily or perfectly, and the world sometimes being dark and unfair. The humor also helps its cross-over appeal to adult readers - there are plenty of things that young teens would find funny, but also plenty of sharper and more subtle humor for the grown-ups. This is also an excellent book to listen to in audiobook form. I very rarely vocalize accents in my head when I'm reading, unless the accent is written out phonetically, which gets really tiring really fast. Anyways, the Nac Mac Feegles just wouldn't be the same without their thick accents, and Stephen Briggs narrates their dialogue, along with the rest of the story, just perfectly. Ach, crivens! 4.5 out of 5 stars.Recommendation: This series is definitely recommended to fantasy fans who want something simultaneously hilarious and also taking a sensible stand on the issues that come with growing up.
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What an interesting book. They Hiver fascinated me. How clever a writer is Terry Pratchett to come up with such an idea. I love Tiffany's no nonssense approach to being a witch. I also love the cast of charecters of the other witches. I am intrigued by her contennection to the land and the strength it gives her. They discussion of witch style among the young witches mirrors the world today.
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Terry Pratchett's talent for developing his characters continues to shine with Tiffany Aching (great name!) now at eleven years old. Another un-put-downable discworld story.
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Much better than the other Tiffany Aching books.
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An excellent story about Tiffany Aching and her continued adventures into the craft.
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Terry Pratchett's A Hat Full of Sky is the second Tiffany Aching book and follows her adventures as she begins her formal training as a witch. It isn't enough to tackle the Queen of Fairyland armed only with a frying pan; one must learn the other aspects of witching. Apparently there's more to it. And so the "hag of the hills," as the Nac Mac Feegle call Tiffany, must leave the Chalk.And who are the Nac Mac Feegle? They're a stroke of pure comic genius, that's what. I thought they were hilarious when I read Wintersmith, but hearing their dialogue on audiobook — performed brilliantly by the reader, Stephen Briggs — brings a whole new dimension of absurdity to the characters. Pratchett had me laughing aloud in several places (especially the part where the Feegles dress up in human-sized clothing and unwittingly terrorize a crowded tavern). And Rob Anybody's reading is hilarious. And — well, maybe you ought to make the acquaintance of the Feegles yourself.One thing I decidedly dislike about the book is how Pratchett uses it as a mouthpiece for his atheistic and evolutionary beliefs. Of course authors have the right to include their personal beliefs in their work, but as atheism and evolution are belief systems in direct contradiction to my own, I will naturally resent their intrusion into a tale I was otherwise loving. I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the story, though.Reading something like this gives me insight into the reactions of people who hate the Chronicles of Narnia because of the Christian themes. When you firmly believe something, you will naturally dislike it when the opposite belief is promoted. This dislike is intensified when the opposite belief is promoted skillfully within an excellent fictional work. I think when people swear hatred for Narnia on the basis of its Christian themes, they're really paying tribute to the series's overall quality. We don't care if someone's arguing against our beliefs inarticulately. It's when they do it well that we get annoyed!Besides the parts in which Pratchett elaborates on his beliefs, I thoroughly enjoyed A Hat Full of Sky and look forward to the next in the series. Good storytelling, great humor, and all-around good fun!
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Although I love reading Pratchett's books, I had even more fun listening to the audiobook. The reader, Stephen Briggs, does all the right accents. Highly recommended to listen to even if you've read the book.
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